The Modern Institute

The Modern Institute

Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan

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Born 1971/1967, West Yorkshire/Norfolk; Lives in London/Newcastle

Forthcoming and Current Exhibitions


'Localism', Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (Group, 10/10/2015—07/02/2016)

Selected Solo Exhibitions


'Are you LOCATIONALIZED', North Uist and Isle of Skye (Part of GENERATION 2014)

'Is your tesserae really necessary', Tramway, Glasgow (Part of GENERATION 2014)

'DOES THE IT STICK', Bloomberg Space, London (Offsite commission with Studio Voltaire and Bloomberg)


'DOES THE IT FIT', CIRCA Projects, Newcastle upon Tyne (Co-curated by Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan)


'A tool for the making of signs', Chapter, Cardiff

'The story of how we came to be here, what we did before we got here, how you have forgotten why you asked us here and why we cannot remember why we came, or: Is this what brings things into focus?', Studio Voltaire, London (Performance 7.30 pm Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September)


'The indirect exchange of uncertain value', A Collective off-site project at Fettes College, Edinburgh (Curated by Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan)


'The story of how we came to be here, what we did before we got here, how you have forgotten why you asked us here and why we cannot remember why we came, or: is this what brings things into focus', Tramway, Glasgow (Performance)

Upstairs at The Modern Institute Osborne Street, Glasgow

'Direct serious action is therefore necessary', CCA, Glasgow


'Does your contemplation of the situation fuck with the flow of circulation', Eastside Projects, Birmingham

'You can take it as a thing or you can take it as a thing', La Salle de Bains, Lyon


'Are you feeling our meaning?', Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

'Time has gone on and thinking has gone on about the thoughts we think we had about things that already happened before', Sutton Lane, Paris


'A fee to avoid our expenses', The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

'Lead Rhetoric & Other Category Errors', Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

'The This & The That of a Category Error', Smart Project Space, Amsterdam


'Rhetoric Works & Vanity Works & Other Works', National Collecting Scheme for Scotland with the Contemporary Arts Society, Newhailes (public commission)

'The Pyramid', The Watchie, Catterline (with Studio Voltaire)

'Three Lean Meanings', Pittenweem Arts Festival, Pittenweem, Fife (Scotland & Venice Biennale touring)


'Is this what brings things into focus?', Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern

'It is, it is, the way, that is', Art Statements (with Sutton Lane, London

'Oh We Will, We Will, Will We', Studio Voltaire, London


'That is the way, it is, it is, that is', Sutton Lane, London


'Think Thingamajig and other Things', Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus

'This has reached the limit conditions of its own rhetoric', The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow


'The Blacks and the Slapstick Mystics with Sticks', Cubitt, London


'HK', Tramway, Glasgow

'The Glamour', The Modern Institute at ARCO, Madrid


'The Glamour', Transmission, Glasgow


'Deadzone', The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

'Regardez-vous', 24hrs Window, Glasgow


'Blow Your Mind', The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


'Futura Skulpta', 3 month Gallery, Liverpool

'Magus', Accident, London

Selected Group Exhibitions


'Localism', Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough

'Alternative 23', Gallery North, Newcastle


'Nothing Twice', Cricoteka, Krakow

'Reclaimed - The Second Life of Sculpture', The Briggait, Glasgow ((Glasgow International))


'XMAS Party at Galerie Francesca Pia', Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

'The Narrators: works from the Arts Council Collection.', Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

'Costume: Written Clothing', Tramway, Glasgow

'Northern Art Prize', Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds


'CARPETS OF DISTINCTION', Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh (Produced by Panel)

'The Medium is the Message: words in printmaking since the 1960s', Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow

'There is not and never has been anything to understand', ASC, London

'Object Theatre', RADAR, Loughborough University Arts, Loughborough

Gallery North, Newcastle


'The Writing On Your Wall', Edinburgh Printmakers (Curated by Rob Tufnell)

'You, Me, Something Else', Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow


'Rubble Stir', The Glue Factory, Glasgow

'Le Drapeau Noir', Glasgow International Visual Art Festival, Glasgow (comission)

'LOVE', Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow (With Rita Donagh & Richard Hamilton, Gilbert & George)

'From Dusk Till Dawn', Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (DVD screening)

'House of Voltaire', Studio Voltaire, London


'TONITE', The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

'Back of the Head: Alternative Approaches to Portraiture', Cooper Gallery, Dundee

'Blinding the Ears', Artissima, Turin

'Depression', Marres Centre for Contemporary Art, Maastricht

'N’importe Quoi - Everything', Musée d’art Contemporain, Lyon

'Running Time: Artists Films in Scotland 1960 to Now', Dean Gallery, Edinburgh


'A show of many parts, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last', Leicester City Art Gallery, Leicester

'ARTfutures', Contemporary Art Society, Bloomberg Space

'The Great Transformation; Art and Tactical Magic', Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (touring to Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo)


Art|38|Basel (with The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd), Glasgow

'Enlightenment', Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow

'Half Square, Half Crazy', Villa Arson, Nice

'Sutton Lane in Paris', Ghislain Hussennot, Paris

'Through The Looking Glass', CAPC, Bordeaux


'A reverie interrupted by the police', Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome

'Art Now Live', Tate Britain, London

'FALANSTERIO', Supportico Lopez, Naples

'I am the Fly', Frac Paca, Marseille

'If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it: a partial Showroom history', The Showroom, London

'Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.', Momentum 2006, 4th Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art


Art Basel Statement with Sutton Lane Gallery, unknown

'(My private) Heroes', MARTA Museum of Art & Design, Herford

'Art from Glasgow', Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

'Art Sheffield 05: Spectator T', Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum, Sheffield, UK

'Echo, echo', Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

'Selective Memory', Scottish Pavilion, Venice Biennale

'Selective Memory, Scotland & Venice Biennale', Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

'Sutton Lane in Paris', Ghislain Hussennot, Paris


'Ain’t no love in the heart of the city', temporary sited works, Cardiff

'Brainchild', Magnifitat, Edinburgh

'Frozen tears II', publication co-ordinated by John Russell, London

'Genesis Sculpture', Domaine Pommery, Reims

'Gertcha', Alexandra Parade, Glasgow

'Hit and Run', curated by SMART project space (Amsterdam) at platform Garanti, Istanbul

'Kunsthaus Glarus at LISTE', Basel

'Publish and be Damned', Cubitt, London

'The Birthday Party', Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

'The Principle of Hope', Three Colts Gallery, London

'The Slapstick Mystics with Sticks', Invited project, Frieze Art Fair


Prague Biennale, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Catterline Art Festival, Aberdeenshire

'Natural Decadence', Mini Gallery, Stockholm

'Turpentine', Studio Voltaire, London

'Zenomap', Venice Biennale, Venice


'All You Need to Know', Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

'Jahresgaben', Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig

'My Head Is On Fire But My Heart Is Full Of Love', Charlottenborg Museum, Copenhagen

'The Best Book About Pessimism I Ever Read', Braunschweig Kunstverein, Germany

'Very Important Pictures', Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal

'Village Hall Roadshow', organised by All Horizons Club, Glasgow/Liverpool (touring)


Berlin Biennale 2, Kunstwerke

'Here and Now', McManus Galleries, Dundee

'Here and Now: Scottish Art 1990-2001', Dundee Contemporary Arts & Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK

'October', St. Columba Gaelic Church, St.Vincent Street

'The Nostalgia of Dum', Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh


'Avalon', The Changing Room, Stirling (with Sue Tompkins)

'Snowballing', Arthur R Rose, London and Henry Moore Institute

'The Evil Eye', Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow

'Then there is no mountain then there is', Generator, Dundee

'Tonight', The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow


'Bent Aura', publication by Stopstop, Glasgow

'Dot', Teesdale Yard, London

'Evolution isn’t over yet', The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

'Museum Magogo', Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow

'Radio Tuesday', Transmission, Glasgow

'Sordide Sentimentale', Holden Gallery, Manchester

'The Mirror and the Masque, in Education in Reverse', at Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian (co-ordinated by Sarah Tripp)


'Add Night To Night', The Showroom, London (Curated by Sarah Tripp)

'Host', Tramway, Glasgow (with Elizabeth Go)

'This Island Earth', An Tuireann Art Centre, Skye

'Unbelievable', Ikon Gallery touring, Birmingham

'Various artists', East Kilbride Arts Centre, Glasgow

'Wallpapervideo', High Street Project, Christchurch


'60,70,80:90', The Showroom, London

'Diorama', 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

'European Couples and Others', Transmission, Glasgow

'Made in Glasgow', de Markten Arts Centre, Brussels

'Nerve: Glasgow projects', ArtSpace, Sydney

'Tutor with an Idea', 3 month Gallery, Liverpool

'Young parents', The Annual Programme, Manchester


'Art for people', Transmission, Glasgow

'Be-Er Monsta', touring video programme screened in London, Dublin and Belfast

'Chicken Farm', touring video programme, screened at Articule

'City Limits', Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent

'World of Ponce', curated by Toby Webster, Glasgow


'Making out', Transmission, Glasgow

'Volcano', The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh



Art Across The City 2012, LOCWS International (28 Sept - 11 Nov, Various locations across Swansea)